Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


Interests


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Posted 5 days 4 hours ago

Vacancy - Deadline Extended to 28th Feb

Sustainable Land Management Expert - Oromia

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Oromia for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).

PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIP

CASCAPE

CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricu

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Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Call for Proposals | SNV | Horti-LIFE

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM 

Netherland Development Organisation (SNV)
Grant Opportunities
In
Smallholder Chain Integration Projects in Fruit and Vegetable Sector


Background

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.

Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional securit

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Posted 1 week 6 days ago

ICCO Cooperation Launched STARS

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation  

ICCO Cooperation with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation launched the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program in Ethiopia. This five-year initiative will directly support 210,000 farmers (50% of whom are women) and reach more than one million people in rural Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Senegal. STARS will address challenges that smallholder farmers face such as poor farming techniques, lack of credit, minimal access to markets, and limited access to appropriate financial products.

STARS program was launched at Golden Tulip hotel, Addis Ababa on February 15, 2017. On the occasion, Mr Toshome Nigussie, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development of Oromia Regional Government, said "the STARS program, will contribute to the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government, which is an overarching str

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mar
07

Invitation to Solidaridad Working Session

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 March 2017, 09:00-13:00
  Gullele Botanic Garden, Addis Ababa

Invitation to Solidaridad Working Session “Agribusiness in Landscapes” during African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa (7 March 2017)

Are you an entrepreneur in agribusiness in Ethiopia and keen to discuss social and environmental impacts in your landscape? Join the “Agribusiness in Landscapes” Working Session!

When? Tuesday morning March 7th 2017 (9 AM – 13 PM)

Where? Gullele Botanic Garden, Addis Ababa.

Solidaridad works together with private sector to realize sustainable production practices in agribusiness supply chains and landscapes. On March 7 2017, during the African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Solidaridad will host a working session together with Dutch and Ethiopian entrepreneurs to discuss landscape level challenges around food security and land rights, which directly affect the business environment in Ethiopia.

The idea of this working session is to invite 5 or 6 agribusiness entrepreneurs with extensive experience in Ethiopia to discuss the rol

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Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Vacancy: Sustainable Land Management Expert - Oromia

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Bahir Dar for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).

Projects and partnership

CASCAPE

CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% increase in agricultural productivit

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Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Vacancy: Sustainable Land Management Expert - Amhara

Wageningen University and Research is looking for applicants for the position of Sustainable Land Management Expert in Bahir Dar for the period of February 2017 until December 2017. The Expert will be implementing a partnership between the by Wageningen coordinated projects CASCAPE and Fertile Grounds Initiative and the DFID funded Land Investment for Transformation Program (LIFT).

Projects and partnerships

CASCAPE

CASCAPE (Capacity Building for Scaling up of Evidence-based Best Practices in Agricultural Production Programme) is a project of Ethiopia and the Netherlands to improve agricultural productivity in Ethiopia. The project is jointly executed by researchers from six Ethiopian universities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Haramaya, Hawassa, Jimma and Mekelle) and Wageningen University and Research Centre. CASCAPE was part of AGP I - and is now extended into AGP II. During CASCAPE I (2010-2015), the project has achieved a 30% incr

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Posted 3 weeks 3 hours ago

The 4th National Cooperatives Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium Opened Today

Dutch young farmers association shared experience

The 4th National Cooperatives Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium officially opened today by His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

Director General of the Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA), His Excellency Usman Surur, on his welcoming speech, explained that the event has an objective of bringing together governmental and non-governmental organizations that work with cooperatives, as well as agricultural input suppliers, manufacturing and consumer goods producers, and financial institutions for the purpose of creating sustainable market linkages.

According to FCA, the number of registered basic cooperatives in Ethiopia until June 2016 is 78,648, with nearly 15 million members. The number of cooperatives in the agricultural sector is 23,111 and they have about 9 million farmer members.

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Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Presentations from Amhara Agricultural Forum

Are you interested to be a Committee Member to the Forum?

Small Scale and Micro Irrigation Support Project (SMIS) is one of the projects funded by the Dutch Government through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. SMIS aims to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) with the implementation of the adopted Small Scale Irrigation (SSI) Capacity Building Strategy.

On December 8, 2016, SMIS organized the Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016 (AAF ’16) in collaboration with AgroBIG and One Acre Fund. The aim of the Forum was to improve collaboration between organizations working in agriculture in Amhara.

There were a number of important presentations from different agricultural programs working in the region. Please find the presentations below:

One Acre Fund – Developing Appropriate Technology for Smallholders

SNV – Improving Extension services

Koga Veg Ethiopia – smallholder

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feb
07

4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar & Symposium

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  07 February 2017 to 15 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

The 4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium: Feb 7-15, 2017

The Federal Cooperative Agency of Ethiopia is inviting you for the 4th National Cooperatives’ Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium which will be held from February 7-15, 2017.

The event will be officially opened by symposium at UN-ECA Conference Hall on the 7th of February and the exhibition and bazaar continue on the next day at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center.

The 4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium will be celebrated with a slogan “Cooperative Marketing the Power to Act for a Sustainable Future!”

Find the brief observation of the 3rd National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium last year.

Follow the event and the FCA on Facebook

About the event in Amharic

አራተኛው(4ኛው) አገር አቀፍ የኅብረት ስራ ማህበራት ኤግዚብሽን:ባዛርና ሲምፖዚዬም-2009፤በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ከየካቲት 1-8,2009 ዓ/ም በድምቀ

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Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

The First 2017 Business Drinks: How It Went

Last week, 26 January, we had our first Business Drinks of the year 2017. As usual, it has remarkably served members and partners to meet new people, chat about possible business opportunities, and introduce new agribusinesses.

More than 70 people attended the event, and we had the chance to listen interesting one-minute pitches.

Awot Berhane is a student at Addis Ababa University, and made a pitch about Green Innovation Hub, which he is a member. He told us that GIH is a student led initiative which channels youth ideas towards tackling climate change and promotes sustainable development.

Wendewesen Kebede is another young pitcher on our Business Drinks. He represents a group of Dairy Advisors who are well experienced on the dairy sector and have received practical trainings from well-known experts arranged by DairyBISS program and Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. Wendewesen explained on his pitch that the Advisors group provides various d

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Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Address Change: AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Dear Members and Partners,

We would like to inform you that, starting from 30th January 2017, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has changed its office to a new location.

Our new office is located in Nifas Silk Lafto Sub-city, Wereda 03. To be specific, it is found near Bisrate Gebreal Church, South Africa St., turn into “Mulmul Bakery” street, then 200 meters on the left side corner building of the 2nd Block, 1st Floor.

You are very welcome to pay us a visit on weekdays and working ours!

Please find the direction to our new office using the online Map HERE.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia

South Africa St., Near Bisrate Gebreal Church, 200 Meters from Mulmul Bakery, the left side corner building of the 2nd Block, 1st floor
P.O. Box 201319
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
T: +251 (0)91 115 6248

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Posted 1 month 4 days ago

Ethiopia: 5.6 million people need emergency food assistance

The failure of the 2016 October-December rains across parts of the Horn of Africa has led to a devastating drought in Somalia, south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya. More than 15 million people in these three countries are facing food and water shortages, and famine is now a possibility in Somalia.

The drought follows one of the strongest El Niño events on record, and many of the affected areas have seen the failure of successive rains, with cumulative impacts that have exhausted the coping strategies of vulnerable communities.

Forecasts suggest the next rains in affected areas – expected from March-May – may also be below-average.

In Somalia, 5 million people need humanitarian assistance. In Ethiopia, 5.6 million people need emergency food assistance and 9.2 million require safe water. In Kenya, 1.3 million people are facing food shortages.

Read the January 2017 report from Inter-Agency Working Group on Disas

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

New Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Please find new jobs from different organizations and programs in Ethiopia. The application deadline is indicated in brackets and click on each jobs for more information and how to apply.


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist (12 Feb)

ICT Endpoint Officer (24 Jan)


World Vision International

Resource Development Team Leader (26 Jan)

jan
26

Business Drinks: First of 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  26 January 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge

Business Drinks: First of 2017

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the first Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 26 January at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

AgriProFocus and Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event and use this opportunity to start the New Year with new business relations and partnerships.

In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Job Opportunity at 2GL Agriculture Development PLC 

Accountant

Category: Accounting and Finance

Location: Marti (Upper Awash, Bole Towon), Oromia

Career Level: Senior or Junior Level

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: negotiable


Job Requirements

BA Degree in Accounting or related fields.

How to Apply

Qualified & Interested candidates can send their CV within 10 days of this announcement online to likumakee@gmail.com or can be submit hard copy of his/her CV to office (0911801076, 0961172981 or 0911223280). The job was announced online on 11 January 2016.

Job Description:

Management

  1. Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  2. Manage outsourced functions
  3. Oversee the operations of the treasury department, including the design of an organizational structure adequate for achieving the department's goals and objectives

Funds Management

  1. Forecast cash flow positions, related borrowing needs, and available funds for invest

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

ICRA is a member of the Agr

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - December 2016

31 Dec 2016
Report From Famine Early Warning System Network

Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas

KEY MESSAGES

 - Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.

- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Ethiopia: Auspicious Move to Ensure Food Security

. . . Being food secured is also not limited to stowing away enough food to meet nutritional needs of a community or a country. It is also linked with sustained food supply and creations of assets that will help to avail food and other personal and family needs related to livelihood.

Among other things, food security is also related to food habits, religious and cultural outlooks that could have stronger bearing on either enhancing or discouraging the promotion of food self-sufficiency and security.

Attaining food security cannot be measured only through the volume of food produced and distributed. Diversity in food production targeting disease preventing varieties and cash based production are also important factors. . . 

(Solomon Dibaba, The Ethiopian Herald)

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Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Training Program: an opportunity for you to become a Competent Dairy Advisor

Second Round Dairy Production Advisors

Deadline: December 30, 2016

DairyBISS would like to announce the intake of the second round Dairy Production Advisors capacity building program.

If you think you are interested to be an advisor in the dairy sector and have the required qualifications, please express your interest to these email addresses: dairybiss@gmail.com and liyagirmaabebe@gmail.com by December 30, 2016 (deadline) with the required documents. Make a note on the selection criteria points which are attached with this announcement.

Requirements

Detail Criteria to join the training program can be found HERE.

Also please find the official announcement HERE.

For more information, please contact Liya Girma: liyagirmaabebe@gmail.com

Dairy Business Information Service and Support (DairyBISS) project of Wageningen UR Livestock Research and Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia. Read More about DairyBISS

feb
21

Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 February 2017 to 24 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Hawassa University

Upcoming Event: Nutrition Conference

Call for Sponsors

Second National Nutrition and Food Industries Conference to be hosted by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition in Ethiopia, Hawassa University in February 2017.

Title: "Capacity building, employment and job creation for better nutrition and sustainable development in Ethiopia" 21-24 February 2017.

The major themes of the conference are:

  1. Analysis of trends in Human Nutrition training in Ethiopia and curriculums: strength and gaps.
  2. Role of professional associations and network of scholars in Nutrition Security in Ethiopia
  3. Our curriculums and Demand of Food industries in Ethiopia
  4. Short Term trainings in addressing problems of malnutrition in Ethiopia
  5. Food safety and quality in Ethiopia: Role of Food industries, stakeholders and academic institutions
  6. The status of multi-sector approach to address malnutrition in Ethiopia

For More information, contact Fikadu Reta (click on the name) and read his post here: http://agr

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